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AN ENGLISMAN’S HOME IS HIS CASTLE.  UNLESS INFORMED OTHERWISE BY HEALTH AND SAFETY

Every Englishman is accustomed to pride himself with more then usual complacency upon what is called the

sanctity of an English home.  No soldier, no policeman, no spy of the government dare enter it . . . .
Unlike the tenant of a foreign domicile, the occupier of an English house , whether it be mansion or

cottage, possesses an indisputable title against every kind of aggression upon his threshold.  He defies

everybody below the Home Secretary; and even he can only violate the traditional security of a man’s

house under extreme circumstances, and with the prospect of a Parliamentary indemnity.  It is with this

throughly innate feeling of security that every Englishman feels a strong sense of the inviolability of his

own house. 

It is this that converts the moorside cottage into a castle.  The moral sanctions of an English home are, in

the nineteenth century, what the moat, and the keep and the drawbridge were in the fourteenth. 

In the strength of these we lie down to sleep at night, and leave our homes in the day, feeling that a

whole neighbourhood would be raised, nay, the whole country, were any attempt made to violate what so

many traditions, and such long custom, have rendered sacred.

(The Morning Post, July 10, 1860)

YEAH WELL, THIS BE THE YEAR 2009 AND TIMES AIN’T WHAT THEY WERE IN 1860. AND MORE’S THE PITY

NANNY STATE ‘SHOULD INTERVENE EVEN MORE’

By Matthew Moore
The Telegraph
Feb. 2009

BRITAIN’S “nanny state” does not go far enough and the govt. should pass more safety legislation, according to a public health expert.  Dr. Alan Maryon Davis said that people needed new health and safety laws to “save us from ourselves.”
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Okay, that isn’t the entire article but it is the part I’m most concerned with.
The rest simply buttresses what I’ve already copied.
You’ll have to take my word that I haven’t made it up.

Now then … the reason I’m interested in this aside from the obvious, is that I have just become a witness to the nanny state in operation.  In fact, right here. Yeah ..
see this house? 
image It’s just been built next door to us.  Folks moved in there around the first week in July of ’08.

In order to build this place, they first had to knock down the pretty bungalow that stood there from 1926.  There were three cottages called Dormer Bungalows on this street of approx. 9 houses.  Soon there will be just ours as the one on the other side of us is scheduled for demolition also.

So, they built this house which really does nothing for the area, and filled what was the front lawn in with gravel.  The garage is used for storage and the cars (there are two) park on the gravel.  I’m told it’s an effective burglar alarm as it can be heard quite plainly when anyone walks on it outside the house.  I can believe that as we hear it plainly as well inside ours.  Including the bedrooms.
Unfortunately the houses are pretty close and we also hear their screaming grandkids when they visit at night.

So, the house was completed and they moved in.  BUT ....

A couple of weeks ago, a city inspector or perhaps it was a council member, I’m not clear on that as of this posting, happened to notice a building violation.  image

Apparently there was a law passed in 2002 stating that all buildings including private dwellings, MUST be wheelchair accessible.  Well, as you can see in the first photo this isn’t the case at all.  This house somehow got built without a wheel chair ramp.  But as the owner told me yesterday, in all his 61 years no matter where he’d lived the world over, he had never been visited by anyone in a wheelchair.  The builder may have known, we don’t know cause he isn’t around now.  But the outside had to be torn up and a ramp built and tarmac had to be laid down to make a partial driveway
leading to the ramp. 

You can’t wheel a chair through all that gravel and what is needed is a paved drive and a side walk up to the door.  And that’s another issue.  There was a small step up from the slate slabs on the front entrance.  No – no says the inspector.  Can not have that step.  The entire entrance had to be rebuilt and raised and extended and that’s all being done as I write this.  And that’s not all.

A city inspector has spent a total of two and a half hours INSIDE the house, seeing if things there are wheelchair ready as well.  Some modifications were required inside.  A private dwelling … image

And so it goes here in the land of Health and Safety and Diversity and Multi Culture where all will be made well for all people and where all people will be made free from insults and hurt feelings and every thought will be given to just about any eventuality where someone might find themselves being offended by who knows what on any given day.

No promise of safe streets and neighborhoods of course.  That doesn’t fall under Health and Safety.
But wheelchair accessibility for private homes?  You bet your bippy by golly.
Why, these folks are on the ball. They’re on a roll.  They’re right on top of things.

A car in every garage, a chicken in every pot and a wheelchair ramp installed in every new home.  It’s the law.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/02/2009 at 11:28 AM   
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